Rep. Louise Slaughter, progressive champion of women's rights, dies at 88

Randolph Lopez
March 17, 2018

"It is hard to find a segment of society that Louise didn't help shape over the course of more than thirty years in Congress", Fitzsimmons said in a statement.

Read the full statement below.

Slaughter was born in Harlan County, Ky., in 1929.

Elected in 1986, Slaughter represented the 25th District of NY, an area that includes the city of Rochester, but her Southern origins continued to show.

An aggressive politician who was not afraid to butt heads with other lawmakers, Slaughter nonetheless won the respect of her colleagues with her hard work and her persistence.

"Her tireless leadership was invaluable to passing legislation to expand access to affordable, high-quality healthcare and to help young people climb the ladders of opportunity with a good education", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement.

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Before she served in Congress, Slaughter served in the New York State Assembly from 1982 to 1986 and in the Monroe County Legislature between 1976 and 1979.

"Louise worked tirelessly to help improve the lives of those in the Rochester region and Western New York", Reed said.

They were married for 57 years, until Bob Slaughter's death in 2014. She is survived by three daughters - Megan, Amy and Emily, as well as seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

The Washington Post reports that Slaughter was the oldest sitting member of Congress, and yet she had been planning to seek reelection in November. I will always cherish our friendship, comradery, and of course, her rhubarb pie. Her loss will be deeply felt. She also helped write the Violence Against Women Act and a 2008 law created to protect people with genetic predispositions to health conditions from facing discrimination from their employers or health insurance companies.

A leading liberal voice in the House, Slaughter often expressed a desire to never retire, and she had planned to run for a 17th term this fall. In 2007, she became the first woman to chair the powerful House Rules Committee. Louise was a fighter, a trailblazer, a role model, and someone I am so very proud to have called my friend. She was a founding member of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, which promotes women's reproductive rights, and she co-authored the Violence Against Women Act, which was signed into law in 1994 as the first comprehensive law to address domestic violence and sexual assault against women, including the first federal criminal law against battering.

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